Barnett named as Town boss

Ben Barnett
Ben Barnett

Seaford Town have appointed Ben Barnett as their new player- manager after impressing in a three-game spell as caretaker boss.

The 26-year-old replaces Paul Harrison, who left after last month’s 8-1 drubbing at the hands of Oakwood.

While he is yet to win any points in the league, Town were impressive in defeat at leaders Worthing United last Saturday and chairman Bob Thomsett believes Barnett was the outstanding candidate after receiving no fewer than 11 applications for the post.

“He has put a smile back on the players’ faces and it was felt we would be going backwards if we appointed someone else,” he said

“He has moved the standard of football on and more people are coming to training. Ok, we haven’t got that elusive first point yet but we went to Worthing and have only lost to a goal in the 94th minute when everyone thought we were going to get absolutely hammered.”

As a player for the club, Barnett captained Town to the Sussex County League Division Two Cup in 2013. Since then success has been hard to come by as the club has struggled to attract the players required to compete at this level but Thomsett revealed the new boss has at least two or three new signings lined up.

Barnett’s immediate objective is to get the club off the foot of the Division Two table and out of the bottom two by the end of the season.

With the club still pointless and 10 points behind third-bottom Storrington,it is a big ask for a boss with relatively little experience, but Thomsett believes Barnett is up to the task.

He will take permanent charge for the first time as Town host Haywards Heath at the Crouch tomorrow (Saturday). Kick Off 3pm.